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Abu Dhabi Night

Spotify Discover Weekly Algorithm

Can anyone find a website where this algorithm is described? Sometimes it does a great job and sometimes it’s all over the place. I wonder if it is because I have drastically different sorts of playlists.

Daily Photo – Abu Dhabi Night

What cool colors eh? I'd love to talk to the lighting designer for this place and talk to them about how they come up with these ideas. I'm pretty sure it's all colored LEDs, which makes buildings so much more interesting at night now. Have you noticed that? In the last ten years since LEDs are getting everywhere, it makes for some really beautiful night light installations.

Abu Dhabi Night

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-02-12 15:44:53
  • CameraH5D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time10
  • Aperture16
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Insides of the Burj Al Arab

Hot Dubai Tip

There is a nearby beach hotel that you can stay at for much cheaper and it’s part of this same network of hotels. If you book there, then you can eat at the restaurants here in this “7-star hotel” or visit the upstairs bar that juts out over the sea. This is what Rene and I did and it worked out great. They also let us use tripods in here for a while with no issues…

That hotel is the Royal Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Check it out! Note I paid full price for the hotel… not a product placement just a good recommendation! ๐Ÿ™‚

Daily Photo – The Insides of the Burj Al Arab

What a building! Some people find it not-so-attractive, but I think it's kinda fun in a glitzy-vegas jewellery-box kinda way. Hey, I like colorful stuff, what can I say? There's a very interesting documentary on this you can find on YouTube and it shows how the whole thing was initially painted white. The royal family came in, hated it, and demanded more colors. It ended up like this!

The Insides of the Burj Al Arab

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-03-20 06:01:53
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.3
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Huge Gingerbread House in Naples

Another Video Like This?

While in Europe I’m gathering a lot more video footage with quads… thinking about making another video like this one. I’ve got a few Alan Watts lectures I’ve been enjoying… another mix may be coming on! ๐Ÿ™‚

Daily Photo – Huge Gingerbread House in Naples

This was the very first thing I saw as I walked into the Ritz-Carlton here in Naples. And the whole thing was edible! Well, except for the lights. I suppose you COULD eat the lights. Anyway, I waited for it to get dark and then I moved over a small cocktail table in front of it with a glass surface to get the reflection… kind of a nice little trick that adds to the effect, I think!

Huge Gingerbread House in Naples

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-02 11:07:23
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time4
  • Aperture10
  • ISO64
  • Focal Length11.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Hot Air Ballooning in the Morning

Join us in New Zealand!

Be sure to pop over to our New Zealand Photo Adventure page to find out what is coming up next! ๐Ÿ™‚

Daily Photo – Hot Air Ballooning in the Morning

A pretty and foggy morning over Lake Hayes here, eh? There are lots of these… i should really get over there and take more morning walks. I've been over there many times, and I often do see hot air balloons. This was the first time I had my camera with me, so it was a lucky experience. We also happened to have our New Zealand Photo Adventure Workshop people with us, so it was an extra treat for all involved!

Hot Air Ballooning in the Morning

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2016-10-21 01:58:29
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/320
  • Aperture5
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length69.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

The Streets of Old San Juan at night

Thoughts on reinvention from Amsterdam

Amsterdam took us into the second half of the European tour and was a return to one of the places I first worked on HDR. A great chance to think about reinventing the images with my current style.
Find out more about the tour at 80stays.treyratcliff.com

Daily Photo – The Streets of Old San Juan at night

I went out here with my friend Scott Jarvie for sunset and more… we had the best time roaming around the streets and seeing what we could find! I've heard this area could be a bit dangerous, but we certainly didn't see anything at all. Besides, Scott is a black belt with his witty responses, so no assailant would have ever stood a chance.

The Streets of Old San Juan at night

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-26 08:40:47
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time6
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length38.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Fortress from Above

Walking the Old Streets

I did a Live Facebook Show where I was walking around Old San Juan a bit… it’s embedded below!

Daily Photo – The Fortress from Above

I've been a fan of fortresses and castles ever since I was a kid. When I found out there was a big castle here just past the old-city, I had to go! And if you stay tuned for tomorrow's photo here on the blog, you'll see the Old City of San Juan at night… I walked over there after I took this photo. I think it's cool when two such diverse places are so close together.

The Fortress from Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-01-25 18:01:53
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/240
  • Aperture5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Egyptian Islamic Chandelier

Tip for Egypt

This is a pretty good tip for most places, but it’s a good idea to get a private guide. I don’t like the “big tours” where you’re on a bus with a bunch of other people. You can get a fairly reasonable rate for a private tour for just you, your family, or your friends. On the plus side, you usually get to hear a lot more history and get into smaller places where the big tours are not allowed. TripAdvisor is a good place to find private tour guides… that’s how I got into this place below in Cairo!

Daily Photo – Egyptian Islamic Chandelier

Here's one of my new favorite tricks inside mosques or catherdrals or museums or anything with a cool ceiling. It's a bit of a ropey trick and it only works half the time. You'll have to make sure it's not too crowded… Anyway, set the camera flat on the ground with a wide-angle lens. Set up for a 2-second timer, click it, then run away! You gotta get pretty far to get outside the frame… It's hard to line up too, so sometimes I'm a few degrees off the orthogonal, so you'll have to rotate later on in post-processing.

Egyptian Islamic Chandelier

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-02-03 16:39:31
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/4
  • Aperture5
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length12.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

Late Night, Streets of Venice

My Photography Tips from London! – London Highlights

While we’ve been on the road our master videographer Olya has been filming non-stop and has put together some highlight videos for each city. In the latest highlight reel of London, Trey dishes out some tips for colour (not color) in photography. Have a watch below and see what you think! ๐Ÿ™‚

Daily Photo – Late Night, Streets of Venice

A few weeks ago, I posted a similar photo from the streets of San Juan. This is one of those “lay-up” shots that I often go for. I find a fairly symmetrical pedestrian walkway (usually better than roads), then set up with a tripod for a long exposure. It's just satisfying for some reason!

Late Night, Streets of Venice

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-05-10 11:23:12
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.6
  • Aperture4
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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